“I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor (trouble) a door of hope. There she will respond (sing) as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt” (Hosea 2:14-15).
Here, we read about “a door of hope.” In the wilderness, God is opening the door of hope for his people. He’s leading them into his blessing. He’s saying to them, ‘The times of blessing will return to you.’ With the blessing of the Lord, there comes the spirit of praise. A door of hope: God is still showing his people that there is “a door of hope.” He’s saying to us, ‘Your troubles shall not prevail over you. They will not defeat you. I am with you. I will, always, be with you.’
A door can be closed and locked. We can only look at it from the outside, and wonder what’s on the other side. When there’s an open door, everything is very different. It becomes a door of opportunity, a pathway into something new. What lies on the other side of an open door? We will never know, if we don’t look and see for ourselves.
Some may warn us, ‘There’s trouble ahead.’ Others may encourage us, ‘There is hope.’ Will it be nothing but trouble? We hope not. Would we be realistic if we thought that we never face any troubles? Is God’s Word suggesting that our troubles will just disappear? or Is it suggesting that, despite the troubles that will come our way, there is hope?
Our troubles may never go away, but our hope is here to stay: Is this what the Word of the Lord is saying to us here? If our troubles are still with us, what has changed? We have been changed by the Lord. We’ve been changed from being gloomy people, who are always looking on the negative side of things. We’re being changed into people who are learning to see that our situation is not hopeless.
Where does this new sense of hope come from? It comes from the Lord. He is with us He’s saying to us, ‘Look up, and see that I am there. I have not forgotten you, and I will not forget you.’ The door of hope doesn’t always come to us as a dramatic change in our circumstances.
Sometimes, our circumstances may take an amazing turn for the better. Often, they remain the same. Perhaps, they may take a turn for the worse. If things take a turn for the worse, does this mean that our situation is hopeless?
Whatever is happening in our lives, the real change we must look for is a change in ourselves. We must look for a change in our attitude towards the things that are happening to us.
What changes us is this: God reminds us that, in our hard times as well as our happy times, he keeps on loving us, and he’ll never stop loving us.